OESA President Cites Warranty Collaboration as Industry Imperative

Aug 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from Original Equipment Suppliers Association

    TROY, Mich., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Neil De Koker, president of the nearly
 400-member Original Equipment Suppliers Association, OESA, today called for
 automotive industry executives to work together to focus on reducing industry
 warranty costs.  In a brief address to attendees of the Management Briefing
 Seminars, De Koker announced that OESA has created a Warranty Management
 Council, tasked with developing recommendations to reduce warranty costs.
     According to Warranty Week, the industry spent $11.5 billion on warranty
 claims in 2004.  OESA proposes that it is the responsibility of both suppliers
 and car companies to aggressively attack warranty and other non-value added
 costs.
     "We heard from speakers today who tell us that the next two years will
 require significant and extreme action to maintain profitability," De Koker
 stated.  "It is imperative that members of the industry collaborate to reduce
 warranty costs to keep companies competitive.
     "OESA proposes that suppliers work with the car companies and each other,
 to provide insight into best practices that can reduce warranty costs," De
 Koker added.  "The objective of this OESA group is to share best practices
 that reduce warranty costs for the benefit of the entire industry."
     OESA anticipates releasing a publication that outlines a process the
 automotive value chain should consider to systematically reduce warranty
 potential during product development.  Through this activity, suppliers
 exchange experiences working with various OEM warranty systems and
 collectively increase individual company knowledge.
     OESA provides a strategic forum for the automotive industry's original
 equipment suppliers.  Membership encompasses suppliers of components, modules,
 systems, materials and equipment used by the original equipment automotive
 industry.
     Formed in August 1998 at the Management Briefing Seminars, OESA provides a
 forum for automotive suppliers by addressing issues of common concern through
 peer group council; serving as a reliable source of information and analysis;
 and providing an industry voice, when appropriate, on issues of interest.
 With nearly 400 members having global automotive sales exceeding $300 billion,
 OESA represents more than 60 percent of North American automotive supplier
 sales.  For more information, visit http://www.oesa.org .
     OESA is a market segment association of the Motor & Equipment
 Manufacturers Association.
 
 
 

SOURCE Original Equipment Suppliers Association
    TROY, Mich., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Neil De Koker, president of the nearly
 400-member Original Equipment Suppliers Association, OESA, today called for
 automotive industry executives to work together to focus on reducing industry
 warranty costs.  In a brief address to attendees of the Management Briefing
 Seminars, De Koker announced that OESA has created a Warranty Management
 Council, tasked with developing recommendations to reduce warranty costs.
     According to Warranty Week, the industry spent $11.5 billion on warranty
 claims in 2004.  OESA proposes that it is the responsibility of both suppliers
 and car companies to aggressively attack warranty and other non-value added
 costs.
     "We heard from speakers today who tell us that the next two years will
 require significant and extreme action to maintain profitability," De Koker
 stated.  "It is imperative that members of the industry collaborate to reduce
 warranty costs to keep companies competitive.
     "OESA proposes that suppliers work with the car companies and each other,
 to provide insight into best practices that can reduce warranty costs," De
 Koker added.  "The objective of this OESA group is to share best practices
 that reduce warranty costs for the benefit of the entire industry."
     OESA anticipates releasing a publication that outlines a process the
 automotive value chain should consider to systematically reduce warranty
 potential during product development.  Through this activity, suppliers
 exchange experiences working with various OEM warranty systems and
 collectively increase individual company knowledge.
     OESA provides a strategic forum for the automotive industry's original
 equipment suppliers.  Membership encompasses suppliers of components, modules,
 systems, materials and equipment used by the original equipment automotive
 industry.
     Formed in August 1998 at the Management Briefing Seminars, OESA provides a
 forum for automotive suppliers by addressing issues of common concern through
 peer group council; serving as a reliable source of information and analysis;
 and providing an industry voice, when appropriate, on issues of interest.
 With nearly 400 members having global automotive sales exceeding $300 billion,
 OESA represents more than 60 percent of North American automotive supplier
 sales.  For more information, visit http://www.oesa.org .
     OESA is a market segment association of the Motor & Equipment
 Manufacturers Association.
 
 
 SOURCE  Original Equipment Suppliers Association